Tokyo marathon transfer doesn’t have an effect on our credibility: IOC

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Information) – A shock transfer of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics marathon races and race stroll occasions to cooler Sapporo from the capital was sudden however it won’t have an effect on the credibility of the Worldwide Olympic Committee, a senior IOC official stated on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: The Worldwide Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters is pictured earlier than an Government Board assembly in Lausanne, Switzerland, Ocotber 2, 2019. Information/Denis Balibouse

The IOC shocked Video games organizers in October by asserting the marathon, one of the crucial prestigious occasions at any Olympics and one particularly beloved in Japan, can be moved to the northern Japanese metropolis of Sapporo to keep away from the worst of Tokyo’s summer time warmth.

Tokyo temperatures in July and August, when town will host the Video games, commonly exceed 30 levels Celsius with excessive humidity including to the discomfort.

The choice angered Tokyo’s native authorities which reluctantly agreed to the transfer some 800 kilometers to the north in addition to Video games organizers who had already been engaged on the occasions within the capital since being awarded the Video games again in 2013.

“After all, it was a really quick course of and we hear the views about the best way it was achieved however there was session and the logical end result was to maneuver to situations that permit athletes to carry out at their greatest,” the IOC’s Video games Government Director Christophe Dubi instructed reporters.

“I believe credibility can also be constructed on consistency. Security and safety of the athletes comes first. That is how you can construct credibility,” he stated when requested about whether or not future hosts noticed this last-minute change as a unilateral transfer from the a part of the IOC.

Dubi stated official information throughout this summer time’s take a look at races confirmed the competitions subsequent yr may doubtless be held in situations that World Athletics considers as prohibiting for high competitions resulting from a mix of the excessive warmth and humidity.

“One factor that we realized this summer time… is what the athletics household known as the purple or black flag situations. Creating higher situations for athletes. Little question about that and that is how credibility is constructed over time,” Dubi stated.

He stated the IOC would additionally assist organizers financially.

“If there are new necessities or any resolution that impacts the group then the IOC will look favorably to contribute financially,” he stated.

“We won’t solely focus on about logistics however we can even resolve concerning the components the IOC will cowl when it comes to value. What issues for us is to be actually good companions.”

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, modifying by Ed Osmond